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The chilling pictures of suitcases left in a New York insane asylum by patients who were locked away for the rest of their lives
Suitcases left in a New York Insane Asylum - Dmytre, who owned this suitcase, is one of the few patients from Willard who is well known. He was committed in 1953 and stayed in the hospital for 24 years. He died in 2000 - article and more pictures
The Maples Building at Willard State Hospital, formerly the New York State Asylum for the Chronic Insane. A facility for patients that were never expected to leave the psychiatric hospital system, Willard expanded rapidly. There was originally a Kirkbride-plan building, Chapin Hall - but then there were four miniature Kirkbride-plan buildings built in short order to deal with the population explosion. This was the first of them, constructed in 1872.
Willard Asylum - Willard, New York - Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane was built in 1869 and closed in 1995. Housing 4000 patients at its peak, more than half of the 50,000 patients who called Willard Asylum their home died within its walls. This makes the asylums morgue one of the creepiest places we can imagine. By its closure, most patients were eventually integrated back into society, but in the early days "people didn't leave unless it was in a box."
The Haunted Abandonments of Toronto and Beyond
Willard. This Asylum for the Chronic Insane opened in 1869 near Romulus in upstate New York. By the time it closed in the mid 90s, it had almost 5600 graves in its adjacent yard. Employing almost 700 workers in a town of only 2000, it was crucial to its surrounding environment.